Education serves as a basis for transformation capable of launching girls into the league of empowered women who can lead strong, healthy, and productive lives. We provide integrated package of multi-dimensional education investment designed to build girls knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values such a way as to empower them. When a child learns, communities’ benefit and lives change. Through the GEM Education programs, we work alongside local communities and partners to facilitate the promotion of girls’ education through:
1. Awarding scholarships in cash and in kind towards increasing access to Education for children especially girls from low-income families and those facing gender-based discrimination or violence.
2. Improving the quality of education through professional development for teachers, instructional materials and educational supplies and other support for schools.
3. Promoting peer life skill mentoring clubs and other initiatives to help develop young women full potentials as leaders.
SKILLS, WORK & livelihood
Unemployment is an urgent and complex challenge affecting society, the economy and governance globally. To address these critical issues, Girls Education Mission international is working with relevant stakeholders to increase and improve young women access to financial services, financial literacy and entrepreneurship and employment skills training towards the economic empowerment of girls and young women. Our programs aim at exposing girls and young women to the world of work which increases their confidence and helping them become financially independent.
Sexuality Rights & Reproductive Health
Lack of sanitary pad and proper menstrual hygiene among young girls due to poverty interrupts all aspects of girls’ daily life including education, health, economy, dignity, and civic participation in life. Girls Education Mission International work to provide access to menstrual hygiene product and services towards helping to provide dignity and livelihood to girls and women while strengthening the health and economy of young women in society. Child marriage violates girls’ rights to health, education and opportunity. We educate girls and communities on how Girls who formally marry or cohabit as in married before the age of 18 are more likely to have early pregnancies, experience dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, acquire HIV, and experience domestic violence. We advocate delayed marriage.
Every child has the right to feel safe, both at home, school, and community. Girls Education Mission International strive to tackle the causes of gender-based violence. By working with girls, boys, parents, schools, communities, government, and partners as key role players in: Training on child rights, positive discipline, and parenting techniques towards ensuring children are safe from abuse. Protecting children from violence and harmful practices Act of violence undermine girls’ self-esteem, their opportunity to finish school, their freedom of movement and ultimately their ability to thrive. Gender based violence is violation of human rights. We are working to transform attitudes towards girls and women that perpetuate violence against them.
In order effectively do our work of young women development, we work to address policies that are detriment to the development of young women through advocacy. Our advocacy work is rooted in the understanding of our mandate of being a voice for the voiceless who are oppressed and marginalized. At GEM, we base our advocacy on the experiences of the girls we work for, their stories shape our messages to parents, community leaders and the government. Some of GEM advocacy work includes: Analyzing policies from global human rights perspective Meeting with legislators and diplomats Petitions and letter writing campaigns We seek ways to enable vulnerable girls to understand and defend their rights. We encourage boys and men to respect girls and women and empower them to become allies to the global movement. We support girls get their voices heard in the fight against gender violence and the need for solidarity and resilient.
Relief & Emergency
Disasters and conflicts threaten girls’ rights, prospects and damage, the societies they live in. One of the most devastating consequences of conflict is reversal of progress on girls right putting them at increased risk of abuse and neglect. In times of conflicts and disaster, girls’ life is often disrupted significantly denying millions of girls the opportunity to have quality and safe education. We strengthened community resilience and support girls right to dignity and protection, before, during, and after disaster and conflicts. Responding to the needs of adolescent girls who are among the most risked where disaster strike is a key focus of our work.